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Albany-Dougherty EDC elects new chair, approves new contract for president

July 24, 2019 > Posted in News, News & Events

Albany, Ga. – The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission today held its annual shareholders meeting, followed by its quarterly board meeting during which staff presented comprehensive updates and board members representing the ADEDC’s partner entities – the City of Albany, Dougherty County and the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce – elected Cynthia George as 2019-2020 ADEDC chair and approved a new contract for President Justin Strickland. 

George succeeds Jay Smith, area manager at Georgia Power, as the organization’s chair. Smith has represented the Chamber on the ADEDC board since 2007, having served 8.5 years as chair. 

“In my more than eight years as chair, I’ve been honored to support the recruitment, retention, expansion, and marketing efforts of the ADEDC.  Also, I am very proud of the recent announcements of impactful projects like Georgia-Pacific Lumber and WebstaurantStore, as well as expansions at many of our existing industries,” said Smith. “I look forward to continuing to serve on the ADEDC as a board member.”

George, CEO of Horizons Community Solutions, has previously served on the ADEDC board through her capacity as 2013 chair of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce. 

“I’m thrilled to support the efforts of the ADEDC as the organization’s incoming chair,” said George. “This is an exciting time for growth and development in Albany-Dougherty County, especially through the EDC’s new strategic planning venture.  I’m honored by the opportunity to help spur business investment and job creation in our community during my time as chair.” 

In addition to the change in chairs of the organization, a new contract was approved for ADEDC President Justin Strickland, who has served in that capacity since 2014. 

In the last five years, Strickland has worked to facilitate announcements of new industries including the location of Georgia-Pacific Lumber, WebstaurantStore, and Pretoria Fields Collective brewery, along with expansions at existing industries such as Coats & Clark, Procter & Gamble and Mars, collectively totaling to more than 1,000 new and retained jobs and more than $400,000,00 in investment. 

During his tenure as president, the ADEDC has produced award-winning marketing campaigns “There’s Only One Albany, Georgia,” a 2014 community rebranding initiative, and “#MadeInAlbanyGA,” the ongoing industry and workforce marketing campaign promoting world-renowned, locally made products. 


The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission is a public-private partnership whose mission is to foster new investment and job creation through the recruitment, retention and expansion of industry for Albany-Dougherty County.

Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission President Justin Strickland earns recertification as Certified Economic Developer

May 30, 2019 > Posted in News, News & Events

Albany, Ga. – Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission (ADEDC) President Justin Strickland has been awarded recertification as a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). 

Strickland first achieved CEcD designation in 2013, following five years of required service in economic development, mandatory coursework, and a three-part, two-day examination administered by IEDC. CEcD recertification is required every three years and requires candidates to meet demanding requirements for continuing education and service within their field. 

The CEcD designation is a highly recognized accolade that denotes mastery of principal skills in economic development, professional excellence, and a commitment to personal and professional growth. 

With just over 1,110 Certified Economic Developers worldwide, IEDC’s certification program is the industry gold standard for excellence in the profession.  CEcD’s work across the globe as public officials and business leaders to create and retain high-quality jobs, establish economic vibrancy, and improve quality of life for their communities.

Strickland has worked at the ADEDC since 2007 and has led the organization as president since 2014.  During his tenure as president the ADEDC has announced major location and expansion projects, such as the recent announcement of the Georgia-Pacific Lumber plant, the re-location of the Coats & Clark North American Distribution Center, and sizeable expansions at Procter & Gamble and WebstaurantStore. He is a 2018 graduate of Leadership Georgia, served as the 2016-2017 chairman of Locate South Georgia – a regional economic development coalition of 21 South Georgia Communities, and has participated in and volunteered with an array of local programs from leadership organizations to a variety of civic groups and non-profits. 


About the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission   

The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission is a public-private partnership whose mission is to foster new investment and job creation through the recruitment, retention and expansion of industry for Albany-Dougherty County. To learn more, visit

About the International Economic Development Council   

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 5,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind with members working across the globe in economic development-related roles ranging from local, state, provincial and federal governments to public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. To learn more, visit

Albany-Dougherty EDC partners with Pendleton Group on comprehensive strategic plan

May 3, 2019 > Posted in News, News & Events

For Immediate Release
Contact: Reedi Hawkins
May 3, 2019

Albany, Ga. – The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission (ADEDC), at its April quarterly board meeting, approved The Pendleton Group as its partner in the development of an actionable strategic plan, designed to serve as the blueprint for economic development initiatives in Albany-Dougherty County over the next three to five years, ensuring that the community is prepared to capitalize on the growing Georgia economy and is best positioned for sustained economic growth.

“The strategic planning process provides us the opportunity to take an in-depth look at our community’s economic position within the state and country, identifying the opportunities we may have to leverage our strengths as a business destination and economic hub,” said ADEDC President Justin Strickland. “As a community, we must continue to evolve by anticipating market demands and creating opportunities to meet them.”

Over the next six months, the ADEDCwill work closely with Pendleton’s team tocreate a community wide economic development strategy that will reflect current industry standards and build on the community’s growing momentum in economic and community development from a holistic standpoint.

“In an increasingly competitive global economy, a community must have a collaborative and sustained effort of implementation to successfully compete against other markets for new growth. We are thrilled to partner with the ADEDC to help position Albany-Dougherty County to attract new business and grow their existing industries,” saidBrooke Lucas, a consultant at The Pendleton Group.

Pendleton’s vast experience in economic development and strategic planning will help to deepen the relationships of Albany-Dougherty County throughout the state, providing the community with more opportunities for partnership – a vital component for a successful economic development program.

“The Pendleton Group’s expertise in building connections around the state really stood out in their proposal,” saidStrickland. “We are confident this partnership will unite leadership in Albany-Dougherty County through the common goals of job creation and strengthened economic success through the community-wide plan.”

In addition to The Pendleton Group, the ADEDC selected the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute for Government as its strategic planning partner in the area of workforce development. The organization will work alongside ADEDC and Pendleton Group to develop a specialized strategy designed to bolster resources necessary to develop, attract and retain talent in the area for industry and commerce. 


About the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission

The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission is a public-private partnership whose mission is to foster new investment and job creation through the recruitment, retention and expansion of industry for Albany-Dougherty County.

About The Pendleton Group

Based in Atlanta, Georgia and founded in 2008, The Pendleton Group was created by former Georgia Economic Development Commissioner Craig Lesser, and has grown to be a trusted name in economic, community and workforce development consulting, strategic planning and public affairs.  Comprised of experienced thought leaders with diverse backgrounds, the Pendleton team has over 100 years of public affairs expertise and a proven ability to guide clients to achieve their desired goals with measurable outcomes.

Albany COUNTS – Census 2020

May 3, 2019 > Posted in Community, Events, News & Events

Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and her Coalition for Economic Development will host a public forum on Tuesday, May 14 providing information on the upcoming 2020 census count and its importance in Albany-Dougherty county.
Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and her Coalition for Economic Development will host a public forum on Tuesday, May 14 providing information on the upcoming 2020 census count and its importance in Albany-Dougherty county. 
The national census, which requires households to report its total number of occupants, occurs every ten years and serves as the official population count for states and their municipalities. 

P&G Albany plant named manufacturer of the year

April 19, 2019 > Posted in Industry, News, News & Events

Via Albany Technical College

ATLANTA – April 18, 2019 — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp this week named P&G Albany as winner of the 2019 Manufacturer of the Year award in the category of Large Manufacturer with more than 500 employees at the annual Governor’s Awards Luncheon. 

P&G earned the honor based on a range of criteria, including its economic impact, community involvement and corporate responsibility, and commitment to workforce development and excellence. 

Companies such as P&G, Gov. Brian Kemp said, “have created jobs, proven their commitment, and are critical to our state’s prosperity. Today we honor some of the best, most advanced manufacturers who have been thriving here in Georgia for years.” P&G has been in the Albany community for more than 45 years. 

Werhner Washington, plant manager at P&G’s Albany plant, which makes paper towel and tissue paper, including brands Charmin and Bounty, thanked the community leaders of Albany and Dougherty County for their support over the years, but said the plant’s success would not happen without its employees. “It is an honor and privilege to serve you,” he said. 

He also thanked Albany Technical College and Georgia Quick Start. “Over the past year, our company shifted about 5 million cases of Charmin and Bounty production line to our Albany plant,” he said. 

To make that increase in production possible, Quick Start designed and executed a training program to help for new hires to meet that demand, Washington said. “Quick Start is a tremendous resource for the manufacturers of Georgia.” 

Washington said P&G’s Albany plant will experience another shift in production soon “and we are going to need you again.” 

Previously, Quick Start partnered with P&G in training projects in 2001 and 2002. 

P&G’s Albany Plant, which has a $300 million net impact on the Albany economy and a $1 billion impact on the state’s economy, recently celebrated 45 years of community advocacy, educational partnerships and civic involvement in Albany. For every job at the local plant, which employs more than 600, four non-P&G jobs are created. 

P&G’s Albany site is the largest contributor to the United Way annually. P&G employees also volunteer at The Boys & Girls club, Strive2Thrive and other organizations.

“P&G has long been a valued partner in this community and region and are most deserving of the recognition and honor,” said Anthony Parker, president of Albany Technical College. 

Other winners included Briggs & Stratton Corporation in Statesboro, Ga., which won the Medium Manufacturer category, and Erdrich USA Dublin, which won the Small Manufacturer category.

This is the 25th year celebrating Manufacturing Appreciation Week in Georgia. This year’s sponsors included the Georgia Association of Manufacturers, the Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Power, and Aprio. 

In his proclamation declaring April 15-19 as Manufacturing Appreciation Week, Gov. Kemp noted the tremendous contribution manufacturing makes to the state’s economic growth. According to the proclamation nearly 9,802 manufacturing facilities are located in Georgia, providing 406,602 jobs and generating more than $22.7 billion in wages for Georgia’s citizens. Manufacturing contributed more than $61 billion to the state’s economy last year.